Fathima Lijiya Bio

Fathima Lijiya

Head of Project & Corporate Finance, Wholesale & Institutional Banking
Emirates Development Bank (EDV)

Lijiya comes with more than 19 years of Debt Market experience.  She holds an MBA in Finance & Marketing and has been a core deal team member in various Structured & Project Finance deals in the UAE.  She joined Emirates Development Bank (AA- rated federal entity) in 2021 as Head of Project & Corporate Finance which is part of the Wholesale & Institutional Banking that was set-up to deliver the new mandate EDB has to act as a catalyst for the industrial development of UAE. Prior to that she was with FAB since 2006 and the last role was as MD and Head of Loan Capital Markets covering EMEA which addresses the flow lending business from Corporates, GRE’s, Sovereigns, MNC’s, NBFI’s and FI’s. She started at HSBC CIBM and was dealing with regional deals in various sectors along with providing coverage of strategic customers.  Lijiya is a key deal team member in many of the large Debt Market transactions in the region where she has led the deal team that acted in the senior capacity of Debt Advisor, Initial Mandated Lead Arrangers, Coordinating Bank and Book running roles for Corporate, Acquisition Finance, FI/NBFI deals, Leverage finance, Project and Structured Finance, Asset Backed financing, Hybrid facility structures etc.